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Patient Deaths Occur in Iowa Care Facility

By Brian Chase on August 30, 2013 - No comments

The Golden Age Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Centerville, Iowa, is facing $15,000 in new state fines after three residents died under questionable circumstances, according to a Jan. 22 news report in The Des Moines Register. The report states this is the third time in seven months that the nursing home has been accused of failing to provide the minimum level of care for its residents.Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Reacts to Patient Deaths in Iowa Care Facility

Health officials in Iowa have slapped a $15,000 fine on Golden Age Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Centerville that stemmed from allegations of nursing home neglect, which officials say, led to the death of a patient at that facility.

According to a Jan. 22 news report in The Des Moines Register, this is the third time in seven months that the nursing home has been accused of failing to provide the minimum level of nursing care for its residents.

The home was fined $8,000 in September when a 64-year-old woman died while in respiratory distress, the report states. Officials determined that staff members allegedly failed to provide timely interventions, the article states. Two other deaths occurred in October and November and one involved a 91-year-old woman who died of pneumonia. Her daughter told officials that she tried to get staff to notify a doctor, but got no response.

According to the report, the other alleged incident involved an 89-year-old woman who allegedly suffered two hip fractures after which she was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, dehydration, malnourishment and a critically high level of sodium in her blood. She died a few days later, the report states. State inspectors visited the nursing home last summer and issued a lengthy report detailing dozens of instances involving nursing home neglect including failure to provide patients with showers, rehabilitation exercises, pain medications and informing doctors about resident’s health issues, the article states.

Nursing homes have a legal obligation to provide a reasonable quality of care to their patients, said John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm. “Whether a nursing home is for-profit or non-profit, it should be the facility’s top priority to put patient safety and well-being first,” he said. “When a nursing home maintains substandard conditions and fails to attend to the needs of its patients, it can have disastrous consequences.”

When abuse or neglect occurs at a nursing home, it can have a significant emotional impact on the victims’ families as well, Bisnar said. “Victims and families of individuals who die in nursing homes as a result of abuse or neglect, have legal rights. Nursing homes that foster an environment of abuse and neglect should be held accountable.”

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Source: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130122/NEWS/301220060/0/DERBYFUN03/?odyssey=nav|head

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Nursing Home Abuses Uncovered During Inspections

By Brian Chase on January 22, 2013 - No comments

elder abuseJanuary 22, 2013—St. Louis, Missouri—In a chilling report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, more than eight nursing homes in St. Louis were found to have serious violations of safety and health issues for patients.

Experts believe that this report is not unique but is representative of the level of safety available in nursing homes across the nation.  In fact, recent data collected by the National Center on Elder Abuse suggests that one in three nursing home residents may be subject to some form of  elder abuse or neglect.

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ProPublica Files Freedom of Information Act Request for Nursing Home Records

By Brian Chase on January 10, 2013 - No comments

ProPublica, a nonprofit group put in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) following which the government released uncensored write-ups of problems found during nursing home inspections around the country.

propublica requests FOIA for nursing home recordsAccording to a Jan. 9 report released by ProPublica, the reports are available for the public to view on the group’s website. The government has released uncensored write-ups of issues found during nursing home inspections nationwide after a nonprofit group called ProPublica put in a Freedom of Information Act request. The group has made redacted or censored versions of the same information available through its Nursing Home Inspect tool. These versions, which can be accessed through the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ website, often blanks out patients’ ages, medical condition, dates and prescribed medications, the report said.

According to ProPublica, following the Freedom of Information Act request, the government has release uncensored reports that will give the public a more open view of the problems that arose in nursing homes nationwide during the inspections. ProPublica is making these uncensored reports available in downloadable format on their website. ProPublica officials say that the uncensored reports are more useful to members of the public.

For example, prescription information in the unredacted write-ups can help identify cases in which patients received medications such as antipsychotics that are dangerous for those with dementia, the report stated. The entire national collection of reports that list more than 267,000 nursing home deficiencies is searchable by keyword, ProPublica’s announcement states.

Groups such as ProPublica should be applauded for doing everything they can in order to make these types of important information open and available to the public, said John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm. “This is the type of information families use when they make important decisions such as placing a loved one in a nursing home. This is certainly not an easy decision to make. Families need all the tools they can get to make an educated decision on this important matter.” Instances of nursing home abuse and neglect are reaching alarming proportions in the United States, Bisnar said. “When nursing homes shortchange their residents by failing to give them an acceptable quality of care, it is absolutely unacceptable. When this type of information is released into the public realm, it not only creates more awareness about these issues, but also makes nursing homes more accountable.”

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Officials Looking for Other Victims of Orange County Nursing Home Assault

By Brian Chase on January 10, 2013 - No comments

An elderly woman was sexually attacked at a Yorba Linda nursing home and Orange County investigators say there could have been more incidents. According to a news article in The Orange County Register, administrators at the Emeritus Senior Living center are maintaining that the incident was isolated. But police are deeply concerned that there could be other victims, possibly even outside the facility, given the “brazen nature of the crime.”

Authorities have charged David Moreno, 28, with sexually assaulting a 69-year-old disabled woman at the nursing home. Moreno, a maintenance worker at the facility, had access to residents’ rooms because of the nature of his job. Police say the incident occurred between June 1 and July 24 of 2012. …Read the rest »

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New California Law Expands Reporting of Nursing Home Abuse

By Brian Chase on January 5, 2013 - No comments

nursing home abuseA California law that took effect on January 1 expands the requirements for caretakers to report abuse at nursing homes and assisted living centers. According to a news report in the Napa Valley Register, advocates for the elderly hope that Assembly Bill 40’s new requirements will help bring crimes against one of the most vulnerable sections of our population to light, in a prompt manner.

Officials say the purpose of the legislation is to ensure that elder abuse crimes are reported so they can be investigated. AB 40’s key provision “effectively doubles the reporting duties of those required by state law to share knowledge of the physical abuse, abandonment, neglect, isolation or financial abuse of residents” in nursing homes, the report states. Earlier, such crimes would be reported to the care center’s ombudsman or a law enforcement agency. Now, a so-called mandated reporter, who could be an employee, supervisor or administrator, must notify both. …Read the rest »

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Background Checks Still Lacking in Nation’s Nursing Homes

By Brian Chase on October 12, 2012 - 1 comment

A recent investigation of nursing homes by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed that conducting background checks would have likely flagged some but not all nursing aides who were later disciplined. According to an NPR report, the investigation looked at cases of 1,611 nursing aides who were disciplined for abuse, neglect and theft at nursing homes in 2010. About 20 percent of these aides had prior criminal convictions that would have surfaced in a simple background check.

The article states that on the one hand, it is evident that a straightforward background check could have prevented those with criminal records from working in a nursing home, putting vulnerable senior citizens at risk. On the other hand, it is also troubling that 80 percent of those who were ultimately disciplined could not have been screened with background checks.

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